2016-2018 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

President -- William Christian, Texas

A past president of the Texas State Society of Washington, D.C., Bill Christian is the Director of Government Affairs for Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), a non-profit watchdog group. Since 2011, he has also been the Texas State Society's Executive Director, managing the day-to-day operations of a million-dollar, not-for-profit organization. A 1986 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, he served five years as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Federal Relations in the UT System's Washington, D.C. office. He also served in the Reagan, Bush (41), and Bush (43) administrations, most recently as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Selective Service System. In 2002, Bill Christian returned to his home in Midland, Texas to run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representative in a special election (May 2003) having worked on the staffs of U.S. Senators John Tower, Phil Gramm, and U.S. Representative Tom Loeffler, while his last assignment on Capitol Hill was Chief of Staff for Congressman John Culberson. A graduate of the Naval War College, Bill retired from the United States Marine Corps Reserve with twenty years of commissioned service, following seven years as an enlisted reservist.  Bill represents Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity in the Capital Fraternal Caucus in Washington, D.C. and is an active member of the Capitol Hill United Methodist Church. Bill's hobbies include coaching a softball team (The RBIs of Texas) ad serving as a commissioner in the U.S. Senate Softball League.  

Email: president@statesocieties.org

Vice President, Events and Festival Chair -- Teresa Downs, Maryland

Teresa Bryan Downs is the Director of Business Development at the Industries of the Blind in Greensboro, NC. She is a member of the Maryland and Delaware State Societies.

Email: vp_events@statesocieties.org

 

 

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Vice President, Internal Affairs -- Isapela Coggins, American Samoa

Isapela Enesi-Coggins is with KPMG LLP, Office of Government Affairs in Washington, D.C. She is a former Capitol Hill Staffer and the President of the American Samoa Society. Isapela also serves as the Secretary and Treasurer for the Samoan Congregational Church at Fort Myer, VA. She hails from the village of Leone, American Samoa and now resides in Annandale, VA. She misses the warm weather, island food and island music!

Email: vp_internal@statesocieties.org / Telephone: 202-699-1256

 

Vice President, External Affairs -- Noelle Verhelst, Nevada

Noelle Verhelst is a staffer for U.S. Representative Lloyd Smucker. She was the 2015 United States Cherry Blossom Queen and is a member of the Nevada State Society.

 

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Vice President, Marketing/Public Relations -- Rachael Soloway, Florida

Rachael Soloway is a J.D. candidate at the American University Washington College of Law.  She was the 2016 Florida Cherry Blossom Princess and is a member of the Florida State Society.

 

 

Secretary -- Angela Osborne, Illinois

Angela Osborne is the Regional Director for the Security and Technology Consulting Practice at Guidepost Solutions in Washington, D.C.. She was the 2011 Illinois Cherry Blossom Princess and is a member of the Illinois State Society. 

Email: secretary@statesocieties.org

 

Treasurer -- Athena Schritz, Montana

Athena Schritz is the with the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance and is a member of the Montana State Society.

Email: treasurer@statesocieties.org